Remnants, a series of hand-worked photopolymer gravures, explores the relationship between the aging human body and natural elements from the Sonoran desert. I grew up in the desert collecting dead animals, dried plants and rocks. This desert landscape has inspired me to seek relationships between the transformation of my own aging body and the processes of decay in the natural world. Combining photography with printmaking I emphasize the interplay of texture, pattern, light and shadow, working with the muted earth tones I know best. These visual “remnants”—decontextualized close-ups of the human body and remains of plants and animals—reveal the subtle poetry of aging and decay and invite the viewer to see beauty in unexpected places.
Botanicals & Invasives: Etchings, Cyanotypes and Lumen Prints 2013-2016
Skin: Large Scale iPhone Images 2012- 2014
As a photographer, becoming “a woman of a certain age” has made me acutely aware of not-so-subtle, visual changes in my appearance and my body. Looking in the mirror has become a complex and not altogether pleasant experience, especially when I consider the female image in contemporary culture: the ideal woman glows with youth, smooth and hairless except for lustrous locks framing an unwrinkled face. I find few positive images of women over 50 and am instead bombarded with offers for face lifts, tummy tucks, weight-loss programs, hair removal, etc. . . . To embrace our appearance and value our bodies, must women my age turn to antidotes to "looking your age"? What of the wrinkles, scars, lumps, and folds forged by movement, suffering, accomplishment, habit, and the simple act of smiling with joy; the markers of our life experience mapped on the body?
My work intentionally brings the aging female body into view. Using an iPhone camera, I document parts of the female form typically hidden from sight. In these black-and-white, close-up photographs, the body is examined in much finer focus than is possible with the naked eye. Viewed at a large scale and devoid of context, these abstract representations defy recognition and cannot be confidently identified even as male or female, internal or external, healthy or marred. Each texture, crease, and coloration unapologetically marks the vagaries of time. Enlarged, juxtaposed, and displayed as polyptychs, these works become an intimate testament to the mysteries of the aging body.
Memory or Dream? Archival Ink Jet Prints 2011-2014
Food and Flesh - work in progress
StatementThe submitted images are the beginning of a new series titled “Flesh and Food.” Influenced by the intriguing cookbook “Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses” by Chilean writer, Isabel Allende, my images pair the body with foods believed to be aphrodisiacs. Allende states that food, like eroticism starts with the eyes. My eyes are drawn to fruits and vegetables past their prime and to bodies that display the evidence of age.